Alison J Carr

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Alison J Carr is an artist and writer. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts, absorbing both the critical dialogue and the lure of the Hollywood facade. She worked with Leslie Dick, Natalie Bookchin, Ellen Birrell and Jo Ann Callis, developing her critical voice as well as her singing voice (taking singing lessons to help her with singing theory). Following her soujorn to LA, she returned to Sheffield to do a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University where she had earlier gained her undergraduate degree. Supervised by Feona Attwood and Jaspar Joseph-Lester, her thesis How Do I Look? Viewing, Embodiment, Showgirls & Art Practice challenged the ubiquity of theories of objecitification and the male gaze, as part of her attempts to find her own words and ways of speaking her pleasure in watching fierce women perform. Her artwork investigates embodiment, femininity and performativity through collage, photography, video and performance pieces. Underpinning her creative gestures is a fascination with the limitations of representation as well as the empowerment possibilities of dancing with a devil-may-care insouciance. Her work disrupts the constant stream of images of women we are surrounded by in magazines, films and commercials by contrasting them with alternative encounters where the audience can see me embodying something different: an empowered showgirl who enjoys her own body, and uses her voice.

Art and Research Interests
She is available to advise MFA and PhD students, and welcomes those with interests in bodily display, performance, gender, persona, pleasure as well as issues of representation, visual culture, pop and celebrity culture.

performance, pleasure, persona, speaking, collage, photography, representation, looking, viewing, display, gender, video, embodiment